We use Facebook – more than 50% of the UK population do – but would you pay to post to and read the social network? Carl Stanley poses the question as to whether Facebook can make the move to a paid-for service.
As Facebook slowly introduces small charges for new services, testing the water to see how much users are prepared to pay for using the site it brings the question ‘how much would you pay to use Facebook and for the use of your FB page’.
Tests like the one tried out in New Zealand recently were run to see if users would pay and how much they’d be prepared to pay to prioritise their posts/information online. By paying a small fee the post would become more visible on the site to friends, family and so on.
Called ‘pay to promote’ its just one of many tests that Facebook have run but though they freely admit to these tests they won’t comment on if they will continue of if they’ll be introduced to other countries.
It all kinda points to the fact that one day, and it could be sooner than we think, we’ll all be paying a monthly fee to keep our pages after years of using the network for free. But wasn’t it Zuckerberg himself who said ‘ Facebook will always be free’, almost like that simple system taken up by crack dealers where by giving enough freebies the user becomes so reliant on ‘it’ that they don’t have much choice other than to eventually pay for it.
Facebook is the way many of us experience and arrange our lives these days whether you like it or not – the social networking site is almost ingrained in everything we do and how weÃÂ communicateÃÂ to each other – whether it be a company, band, charity or chip shop everything or everyone seems to be hooked up to a Facebook page.
So what do you think…? Do you see paid-for pages happening in the near future and how do you feel about it? How much would you actually be prepared to pay as aÃÂ monthlyÃÂ fee for its use?
To be fair only a sucker would think it would remain free and as my uncle all ways used to say ‘nothings ever free in this world’, so why would Facebook be any different?
Though in a sense we already made our deal with Facebook when we first logged on and signed up as it was understood the original deal was that for us to useÃÂ theirÃÂ social network site they’d get to use our information, profiting from it selling it on to advertisers in which they are also looking to expand, but now they want our money as well.
In the US sources sayÃÂ FacebookÃÂ is planning on a subscription-based service with monthly fees at around $0.99 for a run-of-the-mill ‘friendship’ package allowing you to post just text with just one profile pic, with fee’s increasing depending on the number of connections you have or messages/posts you make, plus the use of pictures, games and vids all determining the charge – coming in at around $50 dollars a month for the higher end packages (that’s just over ÃÂ£30 for us Brits (going by those rates)).
Despite the feelings of many Facebook users in the US declaring they wont use the site anymore if charges are introduced – though CIO Floyd Collins seems quite confident that the average American will quickly take to it: “People will get used to paying. It’s not so bad, what’s a few bucks a month?”Â
But would you…?
Let us know what you think in the comments – or, while it’s still free, ‘like’ our Facebook page and leave a comment there.
All words by Carl Stanley. You can read more from Carl on LTW here.